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ACP | Articles | Volume 18, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13925–13945, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13925-2018
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Special issue: Global and regional assessment of intercontinental transport...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13925–13945, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13925-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 02 Oct 2018

Research article | 02 Oct 2018

Seasonal ozone vertical profiles over North America using the AQMEII3 group of air quality models: model inter-comparison and stratospheric intrusions

Marina Astitha et al.

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This work is unique in the detailed analyses of modeled ozone vertical profiles from sites in North America through the collaboration of four research groups from the US and EU. We assess the air quality models' performance and model inter-comparison for ozone vertical profiles and stratospheric ozone intrusions. Lastly, we designate the important role of lateral boundary conditions in the ozone vertical profiles using chemically inert tracers.
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